This is a really cool project where you can read selected passages taken from “The Thousand Autums of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell, and post a review of the segment of your choice. One thousand reviewers are being chosen to receive a limited edition, signed copy of the book, and I found out today that I was selected as one of the thousand which is exciting!
Apparently there are still signed copies available so if you’re a fan of words then read some at http://thousandreaders.com and share your thoughts.
I responded to the theme: “Love and Romance” and my review is below:
This segment of the novel achieves a perfect balance of poetic reflections and subtle yet impacting character interaction. Jacob’s naturally awkward expressions of his admiration for Miss Abigawa is beautiful. The reader is grabbed by the swelling heart with empathy for a fleeting moment of exposed love. I’m sure most have encountered the comedy which arises from nerves – especially with those nerves tied to love – and here it feels completely authentic. A feeling of hope is excellently constructed and then expertly dashed in the final passage, finishing with a statement of a very humanistic desire to turn back time, and do things differently. David Mitchell captures a nostalgic melancholy that resonates in a deeply human way. A spellbinding scene.
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